Series Recap: Braves vs Phillies

Kevin Liles

BLOOD, OH MY GOD IT'S EVERYWHERE!

I mean does this about cover it?

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Oh you need more than that? You masochist you. The series started out poorly but not in a horribly frustrating way with the Braves being shut out for eight innings by Cole Hamels on Monday. Hamels is very good and certainly the Phillies' best starter so there isn’t any great shame in struggling to get to him. The Braves then showed some signs of life as they rallied to tie the game at one in the ninth. Julio Teheran was dominant throughout the game with the only run he allowed being a solo homer to Ryan Howard (this will be a theme).

The game was one of multiple scoring opportunities being squandered by the Braves before they finally paid for their mistakes in the 13th inning. By then the Braves had let several good opportunities to win slip past and the Phillies finally put the game out of reach by hanging five runs on David Hale to give the Phillies a 6-1 win. This 6-1 loss would actually be the Braves' best performance of the series.

Game two of the series was more of the same for the Braves. Howard smoked a two run homer off Ervin Santana in the first inning and Kyle Kendrick dominated the Braves' hapless lineup. It was 4-0 before the Braves finally pushed across one run and Atlanta wouldn’t get closer than two runs, eventually losing 5-2. Justin Upton left the game with dizziness and his status is still uncertain going forward.

The third game of the series is when things went from frustrating to full on debacle. Aaron Harang had the regression monster land right on his face like so much Sharknado. Harang was tattooed for nine runs and thirteen hits in five innings as he had to be left out there as long as possible to save the Braves' beleaguered bullpen. The Braves offense actually showed some life in this one but it was of no real import with the team losing 10-5.

Evan Gattis and Teheran were two of the only bright spots for the Braves in the series. Gattis now has a 17 game hitting streak the longest for a Braves catcher ever. Gattis also has a perfectly in sync 294 batting average and 294 isolated power. He is straight crushing the ball and deserves to be Jonathan Lucroy’s backup at the All-Star Game. Teheran deserves similar consideration as he has been every bit the ace scouts touted him as for years.

Other than that, this series was the team going full Barves. You never go full Barves.

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